DIY Desk Idea: Bar Stool Bases

DIY Desk Idea: Bar Stool Bases

Taryn Williford
May 10, 2013

We're constantly amazed at the ingenuity of making something out of almost nothing. Recently faced with a fruitless search for a desk at a thrift store, I gave up. But I should have turned my sights around to the seemingly endless assortment of bar stools, like these creative craftsmen who decided to DIY their desks from the reclaimed seating.

When you think about it, the barstool desk is like the sawhorse desk's younger cousin. You're taking two small but self-standing structures and bridging them with a desk top of wood or glass or anything else. 

The inspiration? Sturdy wooden desks like the Sawhorse Trestle Desk from Restoration Hardware, above. Picture your stools as the legs (cut them down, if you need), and add a desk top with a piece of wood, an old counterop, or even the spare leaves from your dining room table.

The result? Something like these three desks from folks around the web.

Bethany of Remodel this House painted a pair of those "see-them-everywhere" round bar stools white and glued a $15 white tabletop across them. 

Liz of the eponymous Liz Marie Blog did the same thing, giving square stools a coat of white, and screwing down three stained planks of wood from a hardware store to make a slim laptop desk top. 

Whitney of Shanty 2 Chic made this desk for her daughters with stools coated in a pop of bright pink spray paint. And the obvious choice for a seat at this desk? Why, yet another bar stool.

(Images: stools, Shutterstock; all others, as linked above)

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